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Veterinary Technician of the Year:


Mary Berg, BS, RLATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)


This award is presented to a NAVTA member who has provided leadership and contributed to the association and the overall betterment of the industry.

All NAVTA members are able to nominate a fellow member for this award.  And this year we received some great nominations.  The Executive Board had a difficult time choosing one winner, but, in the end, we agreed unanimously on this well-deserving person.


This year’s winner has held multiple positions in NAVTA, the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, the American Veterinary Dental Society, the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Oral Health Council, and the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association. 


In addition to her positions on the NAVTA executive board, which included Member-At-Large, President-Elect, President, and Past President, she was instrumental in the launch of the NAVTA Wellbeing Taskforce, a group she chaired until August 2019, when she was named the chair of the District Rep Committee. 


In addition to these roles, she is active with the VNI working and advisory group and is the NAVTA representative on the AVMA’s CVTEA committee and the AAVSB’s VTNE committee. 


On the local level, this year’s winner has served as President of her state vet tech association and has been instrumental in working to improve relationships between the state VMA and the VTA.


This year’s winner is passionate about continuing education and the professional development of veterinary technicians.  She has been a speaker at international, national, regional, and state conferences, as well as presenting multiple webinars and on-line courses. 


She also teaches for two online technician programs at St. Petersburg College and Colby Community College. 


Her passion is teaching dentistry but she also speaks about wellbeing, professional development, technician utilization, practice management, and controlled substances.


She has also published articles in the NAVTA Journal, Today’s Veterinary Technician, The RVT Journal, DVM 360, Veterinary Team Brief, and others publications.  She has been a contributing chapter author for dental textbooks, both in the US and Europe, and is currently in the process of writing a textbook on dentistry for veterinary technicians.


It’s pretty clear by this extensive list that this person has made a huge difference in our profession.  She continues to volunteer and take the lead in important projects where her expertise is needed, and for that we are all very grateful.


Please congratulate this year’s Veterinary Technician of the Year, Mary Berg, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)!



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